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The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct

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The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 08:11
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The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from
domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They
therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like,
before the deliberate selective breeding that
produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following
assumptions?
(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.
(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the mouflon.
(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descen- dants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore- bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 08:27
B? >2min

I was thinking D but it sounds more like the conclusion than an assumption.

Changed my answer from A to B after further thought.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 08:31
B for me. Less than 2 min. If there were other kind of sheeps who escaped domestication 800 years ago, then how can we say that today's wild mouflon represent what the typical early domesticated sheep? B must be an assumption.
D needs not be assumed. Even though mouflon are not as similar to their forebears as other sheeps are to theirs, the resemblance link can still be established
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Re: [#7] CR Challenge: Mouflon Sheep [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 19:05
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The wild mouflon sheep of the island of Corsica
are direct descendants of sheep that escaped from
domestication on the island 8,000 years ago. They
therefore provide archaeologists with a picture of
what some early domesticated sheep looked like,
before the deliberate selective breeding that
produced modern domesticated sheep began.

The argument above makes which of the following assumptions?
(A) The domesticated sheep of 8,000 years ago were quite dissimilar from the wild sheep of the time.
(B) There are no other existing breeds of sheep that escaped from domestication at about the same time as the forebears of the mouflon.
(C) Modern domesticated sheep are direct descen- dants of sheep that were wild 8,000 years ago.
(D) Mouflon sheep are more similar to their fore- bears of 8,000 years ago than modern domes-ticated sheep are to theirs.
(E) The climate of Corsica has not changed at all in the last 8,000 years


D is the best answer.

Did you guys try the negation test for the assumptions?? i would strongly suggest doing so.

Guys, B is not an assumption. So what if other breeds of sheep also escaped early domestication, Wild Moulfans can still give a good picture of early sheep. please read the passage again. Negate B and you will see that the argument still holds.

IF we negate D , we come to the conclusion that the modern domesticated sheep are more similar to their forebears. This means that modern sheep give a better picture of what the early domesticated sheep look like. Thus, the entire argument falls apart. Therefore, D is the best answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2004, 23:43
Great question Praet, thanks!
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